Despite the fact that everyone knows tanning and overexposure to the sun is really bad for you in terms of cancer risk, having a tan is often described as a ‘healthy glow’, and celebrities wouldn’t dream of going out in public without a radiant but all too often orange glow.
A new study published by Reuters finds that spray tanning might actually be the best thing you can do if you are determined to have a bronzed look to your skin!
From the article:
Women who use lotions and gels to produce a fake suntan tend to cut back on outdoor sunbathing and use of tanning beds, with close to 40 percent who use such products saying they limited their time in the sun, U.S. researchers said.
The findings, published in the Archives of Dermatology, mean that the products may be a way to convince women seeking a tan to reduce ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure, which is linked to a higher risk of skin cancer, the researchers said.
“The message I give is, your natural skin color is where you were born to be, but if you really want to be tan get it out of a bottle,” said Suephy Chen, a dermatologist at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, who worked on the study.
“Getting a tan out of a bottle is incredibly safe, whereas getting tanned from tanning beds and lying out is not.”
So the bottom line is that spray tans and other treatments allow people to stay out of harmful UV rays, thereby reducing cancer risks from sunbathing and particularly from nasty tanning beds!
What do you think about this? Do you tan naturally, in a bed, via chemicals or not at all?